Mom used to talk about knowing the difference between “a want” and “a need” when I was younger. As my sister and I would beg for one of those candy bars stacked beside the cash register, she would say “do you really NEED it or you just WANT one?” And, when money was tight, we learned quickly that we needed groceries and a roof over our head more than candy bars. Candy was a luxury item; food was a necessity.
In retirement, income is a NEED. How you obtain that income and the amount you need is different for each person. Many retirees are comfortable managing their own portfolios and have plenty of dollars to cover their needs and wants; while others are either not comfortable or fear the [continued below video…]
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…uncertainties of retirement and managing their spending without help. With the Great Recession still burned into our memories, more and more retirees are seeking professional advice on how to manage their retirement nest egg without going broke. And, the question on who to trust with your retirement savings is not always as clear cut as it was when finding someone to help build your savings to begin with. The number of advisors who work in the asset accumulation side of the business is numerous; however, finding a retirement income specialist or “lifestyle designer” can be a bit more of a challenge.
Retirement “lifestyle designers” are charged with guiding clients through the maze of income strategies to build a variety of successful scenarios that provide for a comfortable retirement. Do successful retirement plans all involve annuities? No, but for many retirees annuities provide comfort by providing a stream that cover their income NEED with **guarantees. No one wants to worry about having enough money to eat this month; and for some, just knowing that the annuity check is coming every month -rain or shine- can make an annuity worthwhile to own.
Designing retirement lifestyle plans should be a joyful time for retirees, yet, many stress over the transition from saving to spending. It’s not surprising, after all, they have spent their entire lives saving a portion of their income and now they have to start spending that income – with more than likely no additional money to go into savings. For some, annuities can aide with the transition into retirement by providing a regular income similar to what they had and were used to during their working years. For others, annuities provide a stable and safe income which they cannot outlive. The safety of annuities helps them reduce the anxiety of income uncertainty. Others want to examine all of the potential pitfalls that could cause a retirement failure and know they have a constructed their portfolio with the greatest potential for success by simply having annuities for safety or an unexpected income necessity.
Retirement should not be filled with trepidation; instead, it should be about realizing dreams and goals. By working with an experienced retirement specialist, you enhance your chances for your dreams to come true.
Want more on the retirement spending transition? Check out this article by Paul O’Donnell at MSNBC.
As long as you’ve been saving for retirement, you’ve had your eye on “the number”: the amount you need to save to get by. But once you decide to quit, there’s another number you need to know—how much you plan on spending each month, and which retirement account it’s going to come from.
Welcome to “decumulation,” the process of unwinding the investments you’ve worked so hard to pile up over the course of your career.
How you spend your retirement accounts is as important as how you built them, and is subject to much the same forces that shaped your savings decisions: income, risk, and taxes. “You’ve got this dance between these three things,” said Jennifer Landon, president of Journey Financial Services in Idaho Falls, Idaho.
But compared to the relatively straightforward process of saving, decumulating, to paraphrase the old saw about Ginger Rogers’ dancing skills, can be like dancing backward, with higher stakes.
Traditionally, everyone’s decumulation number was 4 percent — the percentage of your nest egg you could access each year and still stay flush. “With interest rates at an all-time low and volatility at an all-time high, the 4-percent rule no longer applies,” said Landon.
In any environment, retirement can be disorienting. “People accumulate money in these different buckets—IRAs, 401(k)s, Social Security, securities—but they don’t know how to transition from saving mode to ‘Boom, we’re retired,'” said Bill Smith, president of W.A. Smith Financial Group, near Cleveland.
Having a firm idea of how much you expect to spend will help determine how much money you will have to tap, which funds you’ll tap, and in which order. (Not incidentally, it will also give you an idea if you really have enough money set aside.) “Knowing your number is critical,” Smith said.
Your decumulation number is actually two numbers put together: your basic expenses for shelter, food, utilities and other routine bills, and what Smith calls “joy expenses”: the money you need to travel, pursue your hobbies and generally find fulfillment. Financial advisors are often surprised at how few clients have even a ballpark idea of their number as they approach retirement.
Once you have your expenses figured out, you match them against the income streams that come to you as fixed payments—a defined-benefit pension, your Social Security benefits (if you’re taking them immediately), and other cash flow, like installments from the sale of a business. Any shortfall will need to be covered by withdrawals from retirement accounts. And that’s where the dance begins. [Read More…]
Using OutCome Based Planning™ for Your Retirement
We practice and recommend a "Holistic - OutCome Based Planning™ process when considering annuities." This approach has the effect of balancing your overall portfolio so you can meet your retirement objectives by "first identifying the least amount of your investments or savings (if any) that should be considered for annuities." OutCome Based Planning™ analyzes and models multiple outcomes so you can clearly identify your best income and growth opportunities.
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This type of approach does take considerably more time, effort and analysis which will show you mathematically the successful possibilities by comparing various outcomes rather than trying to sell or convince you of that "so-called one best solution." Clients frequently tell us that this process removes some of the confusion and emotion to help them objectively identify a better retirement plan; rather than just ending up with the most convincing salesperson or advisor.
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Based on survey feedback on advisors from our website visitors, we eliminated about two-hundred local advisors and now only recommend a few that we consider experienced vetted Annuity Guys' Fiduciary Advisors. Many local advisors continue requesting us to recommend them as a vetted advisor. However, our reputation and future business is driven only by satisfied website visitors. So, unfortunately we've had to tell the vast majority of local advisors no, since we changed our business model four years ago. At that time we stopped trying to satisfy everyone with local advisors, we now primarily work with individuals who are comfortable using today's internet technology to their fullest advantage by working with a select group of vetted, experienced and knowledgeable Annuity Guys' Fiduciary Planners.
Selecting the Best Annuity & Retirement Income Advisor
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We are fortunate to have a select few who we believe are truly the highest qualified advisors out of about two hundred licensed insurance agents that we eliminated. Your survey feedback is what helps us make these tough decisions. Our advisors have an independent financial practice, specializing in annuities and retirement planning, which helps ensure that you are given the best options available for your retirement planning.
"It takes an experienced expert to know how to structure annuities for income, inflation, growth, return of principal, and tax advantage."
"Anyone can sell you an annuity; however, it takes a truly qualified and experienced advisor to know how to structure them for income, inflation, growth, return of principal, and tax advantage. Typically, there is not just one that can accomplish all of these objectives. It is how an advisor structures multiple annuities in balancing your total portfolio that makes it possible to achieve your most important retirement objectives."
Why Searching for the Best Annuities on Your Own Can be so Frustrating...Almost everyone nowadays turns to the internet for answers on everything - from buying new widgets to researching just about everything under the sun; and finding the best annuity is no exception!At first, it may seem that researching will be straightforward but the more time you spend researching them, the more frustrating it can be. Why is this? First of all, it does not take long to realize that gimmicks abound - such as warnings and alerts from salesmen who just want your attention so they can sell you one or the "too good to be true" claims of 8% to 14% **guaranteed interest and of course the claim that you can get the full market upside with no downside risk! If you have done any research you have heard all of these claims in advertising which are mostly half truths and not fully explained.So how can you find the best annuities on the internet? The truth is... you can't! And what is even more frustrating is all the conflicting points of view from so called experts. There are well over 6,000 different annuities - all designed for different reasons, so is it any wonder that the deck is stacked against the average researcher or do-it-yourselfer. Add to that the fact that they pay high enough commissions to attract a plethora of both good and bad agents. This does not make annuities good or bad; they are simply a financial tool that truly benefit those who use them correctly.How can you find the best annuities for your unique situation?
- Use the internet cautiously;
- Work with a vetted and experienced specialist;
- Do not settle for that one dubious best plan. Compare multiple Outcome Based Plans to decide on the one that is truly best for you;
- Be keenly aware of scare tactics and hyperbole - avoid those advisors and websites;
- Avoid websites that are focused on rushing free reports, rates and quotes to get your contact information they are rushing you to speak with them, instead, take your time and choose someone you are more comfortable with that works on your time-table;
- Know the Five Vital Factors (listed above) that an experienced specialist must answer before helping you select the best options for your situation;
- Watch this telling video "Avoid Annuity Gimmicks, Amateurs and Charlatans"...
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